Discover the Snowy Scheme! The Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre in Cooma showcases the amazing history of the Snowy Mountains Scheme; from the early days of construction through to how it is operated by Snowy Hydro today. This is a must for any visitor to the Snowy Mountains region!
The centre houses an extensive photographic collection, models, exhibits and interactive displays about the Scheme's engineering, history, water management, power generation, the National Electricity Market and the new Snowy 2.0 project. Take your turn on the 'power bikes' and see if you can peddle hard enough to power a TV, make some toast or boil a kettle.
You will also find screens displaying the Scheme working in real time. See which generators are operating, how much electricity they are producing and the prices of electricity in the market.
There are also two theatres in the centre which show a variety of short videos. Enjoy the outdoor picnic area, which also displays two turbine runners from the Scheme, including the largest from our Tumut 3 Power Station weighing an incredible 47.7 tonnes! Come and talk to our staff and find something among our selection of souvenirs, maps, DVD’s and books to take home as a memento of your visit.
Take a guided journey at the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre Cooma - Past, Present and Future.
We are offering our visitors a guided 20-minute Discovery Session* which will ignite and expand your insight of the iconic Snowy Scheme. These sessions can also be led for Korean and Japanese-speaking groups (please book in advance).
Monday to Friday hourly from 9am to 3pm; weekends and public holidays hourly from 10am to 2pm.
The Best of the Years theatre presentation:
Monday to Friday hourly from 9:30am to 3:30pm; weekends and public holidays 10.30am to 2.30pm.
For more information call 1800 623 776 or to make a booking email:
*tours can be subject to change due to operational requirements.
Where: Yulin Ave Cooma, off the Monaro Highway - look out for our signs!
Open: 8am–5pm Mon to Fri. 8am–4pm Sat, Sun and public holidays.
Note: Coffee Shop closes one hour earlier.
Closed: Christmas Day & Anzac Day
Cost: Entry is free of charge
Winter weekend hours:
The Discovery Centre Cooma will extend its weekend hours over the winter season from the long weekend starting 8 June 2019.
Cafe closing time: 3pm